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1 The passage of water over and through the land surface, ultimately towards the sea. See dendritic drainage; deranged drainage; discordant drainage; drainage density; drainage pattern; inconsequent drainage; and superimposed drainage.

2 Process of removing the gravitational water from soil, using artificial or natural conditions, such that freely moving water can drain, under gravity, through or off soil. See also mole drain; and tile drain.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.

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